Catedral Primada, Toledo

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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Primada by using our Toledo travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Wow, I have been to many churches but this place is really amazing. Everything is beautiful but the work of El Greco is fascinating. I would recommend to take the audio tour because there is so much t...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I reallt appreciated the central area of the cathedral with the chorus and capilla. The ostentory was amazing all in gold and silver  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    History, architecture, art, religion... It takes time to appreciate and see the entire Cathedral... It is majestic.
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When visiting Toledo, staying inside the old city walls allows for on foot access to all of the area's historical landmarks as well as a tight network of shops, restaurants, and museums. Similarly, staying in the old center, which sits on a raised hill overlooking the city, avoids a daily hike to the city's main attractions. Many old buildings in the center have been transformed into boutique hotels and guest houses, allowing visitors to experience the rich historical heritage and beautiful architecture of the city.
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